Thunder's Kevin Durant, Clippers' Blake Griffin named All-Star starters

NBA ALL-STAR GAME -- The Thunder's Kevin Durant and former OU and Oklahoma Christian School standout Blake Griffin will be starters in the NBA All-Star game.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 3, 2012 at 11:16 am •  Published: February 2, 2012

The NBA Western Conference All-Stars will start an all-Oklahoma tandem at forward.

Fans made the Thunder’s Kevin Durant and former OU standout Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers the leading vote-getters at the position.

“Thank u guys for voting me into the all star game, I really appreciate it!!’’ Durant (@KDTrey5) tweeted.

Results were released Thursday night during the TNT pregame show.

“It’s an honor to be on that list,” Griffin told TNT’s David Aldridge. “A lot of guys deserve it, so I definitely am happy about it.”

It marks the second straight season Durant has been voted on as a starter and the third straight time he was selected for the game. Coaches voted him on as a reserve in 2010.

Durant captured the most votes at forward (1,345,566), and the second-most votes for the West team behind LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (1,555,479).

Griffin received the second-most votes (876,451) at forward behind Durant and will appear in his second straight All-Star Game and his first as a starter. Griffin was selected as a reserve for last year’s game in his home arena the Staples Center.

In last year’s game, Durant was the game’s second-leading scorer with 34 points. Durant is averaging 26.6 points (third in the NBA), a team-high 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 37.1 minutes. He has eight double-doubles.

Griffin is averaging 21.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and has 12 double-doubles.

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ALL-STAR VOTING


EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards

x-LeBron James, Miami, 1,360,680;x-Carmelo Anthony, New York, 1,041,290;Amar'e Stoudemire, New York, 383,734;Kevin Garnett, Boston, 367,914;Chris Bosh, Miami, 324,605;Luol Deng, Chicago, 276,205;Paul Pierce, Boston, 215,020;Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 175,828;Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, 152,362;Josh Smith, Atlanta, 119,638.

Guards

x-Derrick Rose, Chicago, 1,514,723;x-Dwyane Wade, Miami, 1,334,223;Rajon Rondo, Boston, 547,110;Ray Allen, Boston, 382,147;Deron Williams, New Jersey, 208,697;Jose Calderon, Toronto, 132,167;Richard Hamilton, Chicago, 111,368;John Wall, Washington, 96,606;Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 96,346;Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 66,145.

Centers

x-Dwight Howard, Orlando, 1,600,390;Joakim Noah, Chicago, 236,497;Tyson Chandler, New York, 163,077;Joel Anthony, Miami, 101,307;JaVale McGee, Washington, 63,765;Al Horford, Atlanta, 50,396.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards

x-Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1,345,566; x-Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 876,451; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 470,353;Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 468,435;Kevin Love, Minnesota, 373,880;LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 279,500;Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 185,069;Lamar Odom, Dallas, 142,830;Danilo Gallinari, Denver, 110,245;Rudy Gay, Memphis, 95,228.

Guards

x-Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 1,555,479;x-Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers, 1,138,743;Ricky Rubio, Minnesota, 397,456;Steve Nash, Phoenix, 276,268; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 262,186; Kyle Lowry, Houston, 185,584;Monta Ellis, Golden State, 156,603;Chauncey Billups, L.A. Clippers, 120,961;Jason Kidd, Dallas, 114,924;Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 111,273.

Centers

x-Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers, 1,051,945;DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers, 322,056;Marc Gasol, Memphis, 285,525;Nenj, Denver, 207,102;Marcin Gortat, Phoenix, 136,168; Kendrick Perkins, Thunder, 99,811.

x-starter

Note: The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15.

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